Exchange shoppers support military relief orgs with $1.5 million in 2022 donations

By Marisa Conner, Army & Air Force Exchange ServiceMay 9, 2023

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DALLAS – Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers’ generosity continues to help lift up service members, retirees and military families. In 2022, Exchange shoppers donated more than $1.5 million to Army Emergency Relief (AER) and the Air Force Assistance Fund (AFAF).

AER and AFAF provide financial assistance, sponsor scholarships for military family members and offer community programs to make life better for service members and their families.

“At the Exchange, we’re family serving family,” said Exchange Director/CEO Tom Shull, an Army Veteran. “When one family member is going through a tough time, the rest band together to give strength and support. That is what Exchange shoppers do with their continued support of AER and AFAF.”

Shoppers at the PX, BX or Express can add a $1 donation to AER or AFAF when checking out. Shoppers who wish to give more can speak with a cashier at checkout to donate in any amount. Online donations can be made in $5 increments at

“The donations by Exchange shoppers make a tremendous difference to the Soldiers, retirees and Army families who turn to AER for help,” said retired Lt. Gen. Raymond V. Mason, AER director. “The partnership with the Exchange continues to help AER be there when our Soldiers need us most.”

The Exchange has partnered with the military relief funds since 2017 to offer shoppers the option of donating at checkout. Since then, Exchange shoppers have donated more than $6.5 million.

“Exchange shoppers have continued to show their generosity year after year,” said retired Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright, CEO of the Air Force Aid Society, one of four charities that benefits from AFAF. “These donations are helping change the lives of their fellow Wingmen who are in need of a little extra support from their military family.”

To learn more about the Exchange’s support for the funds, visit